Monthly Archives: November 2014

End of semester Library hours begin this Sunday 16th

It’s hard to believe, but finals weeks are upon us!

The Macdonald-Kelce Library accommodates the night owls among you by staying open until 2am Sundays through Wednesdays, and 1am on Thursdays during the end of the semester.

For the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Library will be CLOSED Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th. We will reopen on Sunday, November 30th.

Please double check the Library hours to see when we are open.


How to Be a Better Writer

Some excellent tips on writing from Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker.

I admit that as a freshman I tried to increase the complexity of my vocabulary. I wanted to use lots of big words (which is what I thought ‘smart’ people did). I did not use most of those words correctly. First tip — don’t increase the complexity of your vocabulary.

“…imagine that you are in a conversation with a reader who is as competent as you are, but happens not to know some things that you know.”


XKCD’s comic on correlation.


Correlation can be a powerful analytical tool, but never forget that correlation does not imply causation.

Here’s a great site on spurious correlations.

National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Come celebrate the writing process at the Macdonald-Kelce Library, where we have a display all about The Novel. Anyone is able to check out the books in the display: books on how to write a novel, books on the history of the novel, inspirational texts for the beginning writer, and all things Novel!

The process begins on November 1, where participants in NaNoWriMo begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. The goal is not to write the Great American Novel – it’s about challenging yourself to accomplish what most people think is beyond their capabilities. If you ever considered writing a work of fiction, why not begin now?

Learn more about NaNoWriMo on their website.

See what some of your favorite authors say about the writing process here.

Meet people around Tampa that are participating in this exciting opportunity!

New Nursing Database: Joanna Briggs Evidence Based Practice

Attention Nursing Students! Check out this newly acquired database that will help you with your  research.

Sponsored by the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI),  the Joanna Briggs Evidence Based Practice database is a comprehensive resource which focuses on evidence-based practice information. The reviews, guidelines, and technical reports found in JBI EBP cover a wide range of medical, nursing, and health science specialties and include a unique suite of information that’s been analyzed, appraised, and prepared by expert reviewers.

Resources include over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

The JBI EBP database has ten tools that you can use for appraisal and implementation, quality improvement, and research. Examples include:

  •  JBI Journal Club – a tool for storing and appraising articles for journal clubs.
  •  JBI PACES – an online program that assists with clinical audits and practice changes.
  •  JBI Rapid – a process to analyze articles using a checklist.
  •  Manual Builder – tool for creating evidence-based manuals based on the needs of your organization.
  •  Pamphlet Builder – tool to develop evidence-based pamphlets for your patients.

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